April 08, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-04-08

 

Dobber’s weekly Puck Daddy piece is here.

 

The Canucks are reportedly close to signing 2009 second-round draft pick Anton Rodin out of Sweden. He was very impressive at the WJC back in December.

 

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Dobber's Interactive 2010 Playoff Draft List is now out – this was the first thing I ever bought from Dobber, back in 2005 or 2006, I can't really remember. Essentially it ranks players for you depending on who you see reaching the cup finals. Very easy to use and cuts out a lot of the grunt work. You check off the boxes of the teams you feel will come out of the first rounds and who will meet in the Final. Click “GO” and this MS Excel spreadsheet will auto-sort for you, ready to print, your draft list. It also includes updated injury news, playoff studs and duds, as well as Dobber’s own draft list for you to refer to. This is all you’ll need to win your playoff pool!

 

Part 1 of my 2009-10 Prime Cuts roster is set to be unveiled in a little over 24 hours. Get excited! I have had an awesome time researching and writing this, and I hope you will enjoy reading it just as much.

 

We have managed to lock down some seriously awesome prizes for the Playoff Challenge. An Easton S17 composite stick, a jersey (winner chooses team and player), and a copy of DobberHockey's Ultimate Fantasy Pack. The best part? You can enter up to three times per e-mail address. Time to make those picks! Check out today's article for all of the information you need with regards to the Playoff Challenge.

 

A couple of undersized forwards are leading the way for the Vancouver Giants so far in the postseason. Fourth-year forward Craig Cunningham (the most recent CHL Player of the Week), and 17-year-old Brendan Gallagher are second and third in WHL playoff scoring (trailing Brandon Kozun) respectively. Both players are about 5'9" and 170 pounds, but have the necessary skills to thrive in the physical WHL. Gallagher has earned a few comparisons to Kozun (read the article here). If I had to guess, I'd say he goes in the 4th or 5th round of the draft this summer. Gallagher is very small, but he can flat out play the game.

 

David Desharnais has had a fantastic season for the Bulldogs in the AHL. He has 27 goals and 78 points in only 59 games. His 78 points is a franchise record, breaking the previous mark of 77, set by Jason Chimera way back in 2001-02. A small centre is the last thing Montreal needs, but Desharnais is going to force his way on to that roster if he can keep this high level of play up through the playoffs and training camp in September.

 

The Leafs played some of the worst team defense against the Rangers last night (especially in the first period) that I have seen in quite some time. It looks like Darryl Sutter knew what he was doing dumping Phaneuf's monster contract. Calgary would be in such good shape if they moved Phaneuf for futures and kept Jokinen (opening up his $5 million in cap s